Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

London, 1891. Former members of a British Army infantry regiment are being murdered. The investigators must uncover the secrets which link an incident in war-torn Sudan to an ancient evil, and prevent it from rising again.

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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:43 am

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"Thank you," says Reg, joining in the toast. "I always was a dab hand with a knife. I think we should stay on the right side of the law. What we need to do is go with Inspector Craddock and the police to see Colonel Hollingsworth. He can't refuse us then. As for the mummy, Colonel Hollingsworth burgled it himself. It's stolen property, and that's reason enough for the police to confiscate it."
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby andyw666 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:46 am

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Harry did look very doubtful when the topic of dead man walking was discussed but held his tongue, leaving the issue for now.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again, I do admire a bit of good knife work."

"But I'm not sure it's fair to say Hollingsworth stole the treasure and mummy. Spoils of war and all that. If we counted everything brought home at the end of a battle as stolen, trust me, the British Museum would be empty."

"We do need to talk to Hollingsworth though. Question is when? I doubt he'll talk to us at this unsociable hour. Would we be better rugging up and watching this chap Faez, make sure he does nothing untoward, then seeing the colonel tomorrow?"

"Or else, as the good doctor has suggested before, posting a guard tonight on chateaux Hollingsworth?"
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Rooter » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:48 am

Dr. Francis Preston

Preston distracts himself by mixing a linctus for James' cold.

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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:24 pm

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He has the ingredients with him?
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Rooter » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:17 pm

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It's a proper Victorian 'natural remedy' made with things from the restaurant table, honey, vinegar, sage, hot water. Google tells me there was also a popular remedy just made with sugar and arsenic but I'll assume we don't have any arsenic to hand.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:42 pm

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"I don't think Colonel Hollingsworth can wait until morning," says Reg. "The enemy may strike this very night. If we want to talk to him tonight, we'll have to have the police with us. If not, we at least have to guard Kandahar House to ensure nothing untoward happens, but the sooner the mummy is secured, the better. We know they're after it."
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Ebinthetropics » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:32 am

"Well, um, doc, thanks for the... tonic. Cheers." James eyes the drink suspiciously, then shrugs and knocks it back. He downs most of it, but gags toward the end and sputters a few drops, which turns into a brief fit of coughing and nose-blowing. He uses his handkerchief back to mop up any remaining moisture.

"My goodness, pardon my rudeness, Miss Helena. That was a doozy." He takes in a deep breath through his nose. "Hooo! Seems to have done the trick for the moment.

"I'm with Reg, we thought it was probably one, maybe two men, or at least I did, and it turns out there were four just at Dr Jordan's. Who's to say there aren't more? Let's call on the Inspector and move tonight, unsociable hour or no."


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I didn't have sage so I substituted herbes de provence. Of course I don't know the proportions, but it came off like a mild herb tea, not that bad. James totally overreacted.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

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James regains 1HP due to Preston’s Victorian quackery.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby andyw666 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:06 am

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All this from an era that thought mercury was a great cure all!
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby andyw666 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:13 am

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Harry raises an eyebrow at the tonic related shenanigans but does not comment. He occupies himself knocking back oysters.

"What say we rug up and guard Hollingsworth's digs tonight, with a view to confronting him tomorrow? With or without the constabulary."

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Beyond wearing lots, is there anything our heroes can do to avoid freezing overnight? Did Harry see anywhere they could guard Kandahar House from that might provide any shelter or warmth?
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:55 am

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If your plan was to guard the house from the outside, you wouldn’t have any shelter. Without appropriate clothing (probably even with) you’ll freeze.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Rooter » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:37 pm

Dr. Francis Preston

"Medically I would advise against prolonged exposure in these conditions. I don't want to end up sawing off any of your frostbitten toes. You say you traced Faez to the Somerset Hotel? Why not beard the lion in his den, so to speak?"
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Ebinthetropics » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:55 pm

James screws up his face in thought for a moment, then with a slight grimace, he says "I know this might come as a bit distasteful to we military men used to chains of command, but we are no longer all together members of His Majesty's Armed Forces. I say we put it to a vote.

"Option A: we ask the Inspector to join us at the Colonel's tonight. Confront him, reclaim the statue and either burn it or ship it back to Africa, perhaps after consulting Mr. Faez as to the best course.

"Option B: we wait to see the Colonel tomorrow, and engage with Mr Faez in the meantime, see if he can enlighten us further regarding.... this."
He gestures to the translations.

"I hesitate to split up again, as we are faced with multiple enemies of unknown... constitution, and there is safety in numbers."
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:15 am

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"Option A gets my vote," says Reg.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby andyw666 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:22 am

OOC:   Whoa! Hang on, we're coming up to what feels like an important decision. Rather than jump to "let's take a vote", Can the PCs discuss for a bit longer and everyone have a chance to have some input?  


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Harry looks frostily at James, putting down an oyster.

"Why, Mr Winter, you surprise me. I had not thought that I had ever once pulled rank since the day I resigned my commission. I should have said since then we have always acted by consent and agreement."

"As to the options, let me be clear that I do not trust Faez any further than I could throw him. He is currently a mystery and until we know more about him, I shall consider him one of the enemy."

"Also, I do not know how you will find that inspector chap at this time of night, I imagine he's gone to his home. I suppose most of us could head to Hollingsworth's house while one person tries to find the chap."

"Or else we confront Hollingsworth ourselves."
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Rooter » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:56 am

Dr. Francis Preston

"I agree with the captain, Faez seems a likely suspect who would have an interest in the scrolls stolen from Dr. Jordan."

He checks his pocket watch. Is it feasible to visit the hotel tonight without attracting undue attention?
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:10 pm

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It’s about 8.30pm now, so it’s fine to visit the hotel.

And it’s a mummy, not a statue.
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Ebinthetropics » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:09 am

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I know but James is easily confused


James is quickly apologetic. He grabs the Captain's other hand if it is not holding an oyster shucking knife. "Harry, I am very sorry. I meant no rebuke to you. If I've given offense, then for that I apologize.

"I merely meant, since the hour is growing late, to present our apparent possible choices of action, and bring about a group decision. If anyone has any other ideas, I'd entertain them, but what else can we do at this point?"
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:46 am

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"I doubt very much Inspector Craddock will be resting tonight," says Reg. "Those two dead men we provided him with this afternoon are an important lead for him, and if I read the man right, he'll still be working on the case. We should at least see if he's around at Scotland Yard."
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Re: Chapter 6: Werewolves of London

Postby andyw666 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:39 am

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Harry waves away James' concern with a put-upon sigh. "Very well, apology accepted."

"What about this. One person go find the inspector. A second makes discreet enquiries about Faez at his hotel without attracting attention. The rest of us go straight to Hollingsworth's house."

"I volunteer for Hollingsworth. I haven't seen any action yet today and that seems the pointy end."

"Only question with that plan is do we confront Hollingsworth immediately or wait till the Metropolitan Police arrive?"
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